Duel – Final thoughts

I enjoyed watching this drama. Was it a perfect drama? Nope – there were some holes – but that’s to be expected when you’re talking about greedy CEOs, rival siblings and clones and that surreal world.

In the tradition of Nine – which I loved – I never expected to really follow along all the twists and turns regarding the clone plotline anyway. But those are only a few minor quibbles – on the whole it was full of so many really good things.

First and foremost I enjoyed the performances of all the actors in this drama – with the exception of one actress who zombied her way through it. The leads were wonderful – both new to me. I loved how the actor played the lead detective role – so human – so realistically and what can you say about our clone? Loved every second of his performances and the biggest compliment I can give him is that he really and truly did a fantastic job of creating two distinct personalities. Our heroine also was refreshing; creative, kind, intelligent and never boring.

What I also loved was the bromance between detective and clone — so many aah… moments — and what can I say about the family that was created, not by blood, but by love and mutual respect? I could have spent hours in their company and I’m so sorry to leave these characters behind. I’m going to miss them!


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Duel – Just started

Wow… even if I didn’t know ahead of time that this was created by the same people who made Nine, I would have seen the stamp all over it. It’s been quite the ride for these first 4 episodes.

OCN dramas are always gritty and in your face and this is no different. While the premise seems so familiar, a parent looking for a kidnapped child, it’s become so much more than that. First of all the lead actor (Jung Jae-Young) is superb in this – his desperation is palpable as he absorbs shock after shock and breaks rule after rule. His daughter is adorable – no surprise there – and his supporting cast are quite adequate. I’ve taken a dislike to one of the lead actresses but I’ve just decided to ignore her. 😁

Now we come to the wrinkle to the usual story – a clone anyone?? Our clone here is played by the handsome Yang Se-Jong (where has this sexy guy been??) He reminds me a little of  Lee Song-ki and he’s doing a great job of playing two roles: one as the confused and frustrated guy who is being blamed for a crime he has no memory of and secondly as the heartless killer who is setting him up. We have no real answers yet but lots of questions. They’ve just now introduced a young reporter who might or might not represent the romance of the drama (if they have one). But one of the highlights is the grudging bromance which has developed between our hapless victim clone and our lead dad – both need each other to find answers to those questions.

It’s not necessarily an easy watch but it’s quite riveting and I’m enjoying it immensely.

#duel, #jung-jae-young, #kim-jung-eun, #seo-eun-soo, #yang-se-jong